Status Skills are skills that function as class skills, but are based on one’s social status or rank rather than class.
There are two basic social ranks: High (meaning a member of a Clan), and Low (meaning everybody else). Learning a Low Status skill is considered dishonourable to a High Status character (even if it is a Class Skill).
The following skills are High Status skills.
Craft (calligraphy, flower arranging, landscape gardening, origami, painting, and other fine arts)
Perform (fine arts such as Noh/Kabuki, oratory, poetry, rhetoric, and tea ceremony)
The following skills are Low Status skills
Craft (lowly crafts dealing with either criminal activities or those dealing with dead animals, such as leatherworking, poison, traps, etc.)
Perform (common entertainment such as acrobatics, acting, dance, jesting)
Profession (gambler, mortician, torturer).
Sleight of Hand
All other skills are neither high nor low status.